Jan 192011

I just stumbled across this 1980 clip of a song called “Better,” by a once-popular Phoenix, AZ band, Blue Shoes. Was this band 30 years ahead of its time? I propose hipsters The Fiery Furnaces cover this song and re-create this video shot for shot.

(You’re welcome.)


  8 Responses to “Blue Shoes: 30 Years Ahead of Its Time?”

  1. misterioso

    Mm, not so sure about that, but not bad. Skinny ties: that might catch on.

  2. To be clear, I can’t stand skinny ties, but I’m thinking about the kids and how Fiery Furnaces, a current band I really do like, might give themselves a commercial shot in the arm. If they accept my idea, by the way, I want to be part of the crowd. I’ll grow a time-appropriate bushy mustache.

  3. sammymaudlin

    These guys played one of our highschool dances. I didn’t go.

    Dear Sirs.

    Re: skinny ties. I feel your statement is quite broad and frankly insulting. I have a dozen or more skinny ties all bought via thrift stores and all authentic and vintage from the late 50s-early 60s. They are the only ties I will wear. I look absolutely stunning in them and because of their fine craftsmansip and obvious mid-century design they are rarely if ever mistaken for the skinny ties of which you refer. I look forward to your retraction/clarification.

  4. Would it have been better if I’d called them “thin ties?” Sorry, man, you’re welcome to dig your skinny ties. Some of my best friends dig skinny ties, but I like ’em wide with big-ass knots shoving up through the collar points.

  5. ladymisskirroyale

    They did? What year?

  6. ladymisskirroyale

    Wait. The keyboardist does look suspiciously like my high school French teacher. Or Lorene Yarnell.

  7. jeangray

    Dig that plexi-glass bass guitar!

    And yes, the singer does share some striking similiarities to the Fiery Furnaces singer. But I must point out that the Fiery Furnaces hardly typify as hipsters. They are too well established now in the musik industry to deserve that tag. I think there may be an expiration date on hipsterdom.

    Great find!

  8. Good point, jeangray – and a true comment on just how UNhip I am.

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